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  • Shawn shared from Contemplative Prayer: A Theology for the Twenty-First Century by James P. Danaher
    Furthermore, contrary to what almost all Western religions tell us, God is not interested in making us into sinless objects of his love. God is capable of loving us in the midst of our sin through his forgiveness and mercy, and our relationship with him is based upon his forgiveness and mercy regardless of our behavior or beliefs.
  • Shawn shared from Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn't Last and What Your Church Can Do About It by Mark Devries
    He who every morning plans the transactions of the day and follows out that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life. . . . But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incident, chaos will soon reign. Victor Hugo
  • Shawn shared from Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn't Last and What Your Church Can Do About It by Mark Devries
    I like to call it environmental architecture (a term borrowed from Erwin McManus). An environmental architect begins with the confession that we have no power to make young people grow. We cannot make our churches or youth ministries or senior pastors into what we want them to be. We cannot make parents, volunteers and students do what we want them to do. What we can do is create an environment in which this kind of growth and change is not only possible, but probable.
  • Shawn shared from Eyes That See, Ears That Hear: Perceiving Jesus in a Postmodern Context by James P Danaher
    Our great commission, then, is to have a relationship with our heavenly Father, just as Jesus does, and to teach others how to do the same.
    Note: And we cannot do this unless we ourselves are doing this.
  • Shawn shared from Eyes That See, Ears That Hear: Perceiving Jesus in a Postmodern Context by James P Danaher
    I once asked someone who considered himself a very faithful Christian what he would do if he found that Satan rather than God was the true sovereign of the universe. His reply was that he would serve whoever was the true sovereign of the universe. For him, beauty and goodness were not part of the equation. It was merely a matter of serving whoever was the true ruler of the universe, rather than a love relationship based on the beauty of a divine lover.
(Stamford, CT)
Shawn Garan
Web Page: shawngaran.com